— The first New York location of Los Angeles-based sushi mini-chain SugarFish is slated to open next week (or possibly the following week) at 33 East 20th Street, across the street from Gramercy Tavern. Kazunori Nozawa’s restaurants are known for offering high-quality sushi at a reasonable price — a set meal with around 18 pieces of sushi is just $33 in LA — with expedient service. In California, the Sugarfish restaurants are popular destinations for both business lunches and date night dinners. Stay tuned for more for more information about the first NYC Sugarfish next week.
— Hungry City critic Ligaya Mishan samples the goods at the Divine Flavored truck, which parks outside the Nigerian Consulate in Midtown East: "Most entrees come with a choice of meats: goat on the bone, ready to fight the teeth; chicken cooked hard; tilapia, more yielding. Each comes in a tomato sauce with a trembling heat and a sweetness approaching ketchup’s. Sometimes all three are heaped together, and once I received the benediction of a cow’s foot, its collagen leaking a shining trail through the stew."
— Maple, the boutique delivery-only restaurant that counts David Chang as an investor, is now on Seamless. Previously, users were only able to get delivery via the company’s app or its homepage.
— Thomas Keller’s restaurant group got slapped with a $5 million lawsuit for allegedly denying a woman a job at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA, because she was pregnant. The server, who left Per Se to go work at The French Laundry, claims she was "discriminated and retaliated against, terminated, falsely promised and then denied a job." Keller's camp has not commented on the lawsuit.
— Less than two months after opening the doors to its first NYC location, it looks like Japanese udon chain Tsururtontan is already planning a new restaurant along Madison Avenue:
Eater has reached out for more details on this new location of the chain.
— Dominique Ansel Bakery’s fifth anniversary is next Wednesday, November 2. To commemorate this occasion, Ansel and his crew will be offering the onigiri soft serve from the bakery’s Tokyo location and the "banofee paella" from the London outpost at the Spring Street bakery from Friday November 4 through Sunday November 6. The team also promises that there will be some special surprises for the people waiting in the Cronut line that weekend.
— With its grand finale on the horizon, Carnegie Deli is doing brisk business these days. Robert Sietsema snapped this photo around lunchtime earlier this week:
— Signage is now up in the window of the forthcoming Long Island City location of Toby’s Estate Coffee at 26-25 Jackson Avenue. It’s slated to open early next year.
— An outpost of Korean fried chicken restaurant Boka is coming to the old Tolani wine bar space at 410 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.
— And finally, here’s a look at how the chefs at The Dutch make the restaurant’s fried chicken: